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Senior Finance Officer

Fixed Term Contract to 31/7/22 - 30-37 hrs a week, (term time only also possible) Salary: Grade 9: £22,021 - £23,836 (Pro Rata).  Location: Vale Academy Trust Central Offices, St Mary's Convent, Wantage

CLOSING DATE:  Ongoing.  Salary: Grade 9: £22,021 - £23,836 (Pro Rata) 



Job Title

Senior Finance Officer



Reports to

Finance Director


9 - Pt 23 £26,999 to Pt 26 £29,636

Line manages




Hours of work

Flexible to meet needs of the business

Weeks per year

52, but would consider term time only

Hours per week

37, would consider part time but must be a minimum of 30 hours per week

Unpaid break

30 minutes


Principal responsibilities:


  • To be responsible for the main sources of income across the Trust
  • Support all schools in the provision of accurate and robust financial information


Main responsibilities:


  • Complete the weekly reconciliation of all the bank accounts, particularly focussing on income and non-pay expenditure.
  • To be the lead member of the finance team for all Trips activity. This will include regular working with relevant teachers and support staff in schools and interrogation of systems to produce reports.
  • Be the lead contact, within Finance, for the operation of the ParentPay system. Monitor and review all other forms of income and where necessary find new solutions.
  • Review and process purchase orders, credit card and other expense forms.
  • Raise relevant sales invoices and regularly review Aged Debtors.
  • Complete the monthly bank reconciliations.
  • Prepare the regular VAT Return.
  • Prepare regular BACS payments.
  • Contribute to the completion of monthly Management Accounts and other reports including the monthly closedown timetable.
  • Assist with processing any element of payroll, for example, setting up new starters, inputting casual claims and reviewing payments being made.
  • To undertake one off projects and analysis as necessary.
  • Contribute to the year-end audit process.
  • Review and make suggestions for improvements in finance processes and document current processes and controls.


General duties:


Vale Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children. The successful candidate will be required to undertake a DBS check and attend safeguarding training as part of their role.


Person specification and selection criteria





Education and training

5 GCSE’s grade A*-C or equivalent, including maths


An accounting qualification, e.g. AAT

Knowledge and experience

An understanding or core double entry bookkeeping principles.

Minimum 3 years’ experience working in a finance environment.

Experience of working in a School, Academy, public or charity sector setting.

Knowledge of payroll.


High level of numeracy.

Good level of skill using word and excel.

Competent in letter and report writing.

Able to persuade, motivate, negotiate and influence.

Previous experience of using PS Financials

Personal qualities


Able to work as part of a team.

Can work with minimum supervision.

Can adhere to short deadlines.

Respects confidentiality in the handling of personal and sensitive data.

Good communication skills.